Salomon’s X-Alp Series of gear represents sophisticated light and fast alpinism in all regards. Up until now, the revered line of gear has been missing a mountaineering ski capable of standing up to the reputation. The designers at Salomon’s S-Lab center (motto: Play and Progress), have changed that. At 950g per ski, the X-Alp is designed to be used as a light and capable tool anywhere in the mountains. Sporting a fairly round flex pattern and a relatively tight radius sidecut, the X-Alp is a confident steep-skier and holds its own in tightly treed powder runs in the middle of winter. The tip is a square shape that has been rounded off to provide a happy medium between steering precision and flotation. A deep notch prevents accidentally kicking off your race-style skins. Hidden within the tip of the ski is Koroyd, a honeycomb structure that is 90% lighter than rubber, deadens impacts, and minimizes deflection for laser-like precision on the way down. Karuba wood is the core of choice for light and fast skis where downhill performance is a concern. The CFX Superfiber weave adds structural reinforcement and contributes to the skis’ lively flex and power transmission. The X-Alp is Salomon’s mountaineering, corn-harvesting, couloir-hunting, meadow-skipping ski designed for athletes who want it all.
Koroyd tip is 90% lighter than rubber and contributes to laser-like skiing precision.
CFX Superfiber weave increases power transfer and stability when you crank up the speed.
Rounded square tip ensures balance between steering precision and flotation.
Slightly tapered tail makes inserting the ski into ski-carry loops on a pack smoother.
Rubber tail cap promotes durability, longevity, and water-tight performance.
I'm interested in buy either the Salomon X-Alp or Voile Objective for an ultra light ski mountaineering set up that I would also use for multi-day, week long through tours. Both skis seem to have strong performance. One question I have is which would be more reliable? I come from a ski racing background, and for better or for worse, I have gravitated my trust in ski brands towards those that have harnessed the craft of designing world class race skis and evolved to developing touring capable set ups. That being said, on paper these skis seem pretty similar albeit the X-Alp is 200g lighter in 170 cm vs. 171 of the Objective. In my mind, I'd seem to be more keen on the X-Alp since Salomon has definitely crafted world class skis for a long time. I own a pair of Salomon MTN 95 Explorers in 177 cm and love the ski. However, I do know that Voile has a strong reputation and that you all have recommended them highly. Could somebody lay my uncertainties towards the Objectives to rest?
Also, the X-Alp is not on Salomon's website but it is for sale on this website. Do they not sell this ski to the general public?
Hi Dylan, if by reliable you mean "doesn't break", then it's a virtual tie. While Voile doesn't have an alpine racing pedigree, they have a great reputation for building durable backcountry skis and we don't see them fail. If by reliable you mean "great edge hold for steep icy no-fall zone skiing", then I might give the edge to the Salomon as the Voile shapes are a bit "friendlier" with more tip and tail rocker and thus a shorter running length. Regarding Salomon's direct sales policies, I can't answer about their website but this is definitely an in-line ski for this season.
Hi jbo, thanks for the feedback! Two more questions: 1) How does the flex pattern (i.e. stiffness) of the two skis differ? 2) When say "in-line" in reference to the X-Alp does that mean it's in-line for release this coming season? Cheers!
Bottom line: these things rock and you need a pair. I have been so thrilled with my pair of Salomon X-Alps skis and I'm convinced they will be my go-to touring ski for years to come.
Weight: These skis just feel so damn light when you pick them up. I know logically that they are heavier than my race skis but I *almost* don't notice when I'm out on a training tour. I was so excited about these that I actually opted for them during the 2018 Powder Keg and loved having them. Though they are super light, the extra width that they carry in the tip makes skiing them in deeper snow a total dream (as compared to race skis).
Sexy looks: I love the understated graphic that Salomon went with on these skis. I feel stealthy skiing them around and I think the dark color on the top sheet will hide all the scratches and nicks they will develop because I love using them.
Inbounds: I have done a fair bit of inbounds fitness skiing this season and these things just rock on the groomers. Higher speeds feel fun and as I mentioned above they can handle deeper snow with ease.
Pre-cut skins: I am also loving the pre-cut Pomoco skins for this ski. Get two-pair and start loving life! Easy to use, awesome glide, and pretty good durability.
I am planning to use this ski in the Alps this spring and I don't think I'll regret it for a minute. They climb fast and easy and will be super nimble for any narrow descents. I think this ski can do anything and I hope them make a fatter version soon!
How would you size these? I'm 6'1" and 150lbs without gear... living in the Northeast... looking for a ski for fitness skinning in the mornings before work, the occasional skimo race, and the occasional climb/ski mission to the white mountains.
I would not consider myself that great of a skier, but I can get around. Thoughts? Other suggestions? I'm also looking for lighter boots and am thinking about the X-Alp Boot as well.
I currently ski a pair of Salomon MTN 95's with dynafit radical 2.0's, BD Carbon Mega's with G3 Ions and LaSportiva Spectre boots... I'm perfectly happy with all of these items.
Hey Greg, thanks for reaching out! I'd say for your height the 170cm length will fit you the best! There are a few other options for skis in the same range, such as the Voile Objective, Fischer Transalp 80, and Dynafit Seven Summits to name a few! Send me an email and we can talk about boots and skis a bit more, there are a lot of moving parts to getting the proper setup so we want to get you dialed!